NHCS marks new building milestone with topping out ceremony
National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) marked the successful completion of the superstructure of its new building with the topping out ceremony on 21 March 2013, with Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong, as the guest-of-honour. The launch was kicked off with Mr Gan and senior leaders of SingHealth and NHCS imprinting their signatures on a piece of the roof structure – the purlin. The purlin beam will be displayed at the Sky Terrace, located at level 8 of the new building, forming an integrated part of the NHCS history.
NHCS also announced two new streamlined processes at the new building, following positive results from pilot projects. Click here to find out more.
The launch of the NHCS new building with the signing of the purlin beams which are part of the building roof structure. From left, Assoc Prof Terrance Chua, Deputy Medical Director, NHCS; Prof Ivy Ng, GCEO, SingHealth; Dr Amy Khor, Minister of State, MOH; Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health; Mr Peter Seah, Chairman, SingHealth; and Assoc Prof Koh Tian Hai, Medical Director, NHCS.
Mr Hiroshi Takano, Managing Director and Head, International Division, Shimizu Corporation (far left) joins Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and the panel on stage for the sake barrel-breaking ceremony.
A greener heart centre coming your way in 2014
NHCS was awarded the Building and Construction Authority Green Mark Platinum Award 2012 for integrating various energy efficient and eco-friendly features in its new building, which is expected to be ready and operational in 2014.
Artist impression - Institution front
The new building will enjoy a hefty 30 per cent reduction in energy consumption due to the absence of direct West-facing facades, extensive natural ventilation in the concourse area, installation of an efficient air-conditioning plant and the use of regenerative lifts. This translates to annual energy savings of an estimated S$1.3 million and a drop in carbon emission by 3,000 tonnes a year.
Patients will be able to heal in a therapeutic environment with the introduction of lush greenery spanning some 2,200 square metres in area. Those who are environmentally-conscious will also be pleased to know that the NHCS new building will have charging stations and priority lots for electric vehicles, as well as bicycle parking facilities and other sustainable features.
Groundbreaking ceremony for the new and expanded building in 2009
Heart disease is the second-biggest killer in Singapore, accounting for about one in three deaths. Each year, over 100,000 patients seek treatment at NHCS. By 2015, the number of heart patients locally is expected to jump to 320,000.
To meet the current workload and future demand, a bigger heart centre is needed. The groundbreaking event, officiated by Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan was held on 28 March 2009.
L-R: Prov Ivy Ng, DCEO, SingHealth; A/Prof Koh Tian Hai, Medical Director, NHCS; Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan; Prof Tan Ser Kiat, GCEO, SingHealth and A/Prof Terrance Chua, Deputy Medical Director, NHCS at the new building groundbreaking ceremony.
A 12-storey building with a floor area of 48,000 square metres, NHCS will be increasing its clinic capacity two-fold in the new building. With a key focus on seamless care delivery, the new building will also feature self-registration kiosks and a one-stop payment system to cut down waiting time for patients. To help patients take charge of their heart health, it will house a new health information library. Setting sights on being a digital heart hospital, the centre will leverage on technology to integrate clinical systems to improve the processes and outcomes of care.
Artist impression - Garden front
The building will be located on Hospital Drive, opposite Block 4, Singapore General Hospital.
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"It is my wish that the new National Heart Centre will be the finest heart centre in the East in due course." - Source: Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan's blog.